Study on Grooming Behavior in Three Months of Age Calves from Romanian Black and White Breed

Stelian Acatincăi, Iulian Tripon, Ludovic Toma Cziszter, Dinu Gavojdian, Silvia Erina, Gabriel George Răducan, Simona Baul

Abstract


The aim of this paper was to measure the main aspects that characterize the grooming behavior of three months oldcalves. During the experiments the following grooming behavior aspects were determined: number of groomingperiods, the average length of a grooming period and the total length of grooming periods. The grooming behavior ofcalves was studied separately when the calves were standing up and lying down. In 24 hours calves stood down andgroomed themselves 59.3 minutes during 5.2 periods with an average length of 11.4 minutes. In 24 hours calvesstood up and groomed themselves 118.0 minutes during 9.5 periods with an average length of 12.6 minutes. In 24hours calves groomed themselves 177.0 minutes during 14.7 periods with an average length of 12.1 minutes. Therewere very significant differences between morning and afternoon (p<0.001) and between afternoon and night(p<0.001) for the total length of grooming periods and for the number of grooming periods. There was a significantdifferences (p<0.05) between morning and night for the number of grooming periods. There was a distinct significantdifference between morning and night (p<0.01) for total time spent grooming.

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calves; grooming behavior; Romanian Black and White breed

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LUCRARI STIINTIFICE ZOOTEHNIE SI BIOTEHNOLOGII (SCIENTIFIC PAPERS ANIMAL SCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES)

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